DePaul Blue Demons vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the DePaul Blue Demons battle it out on Tuesday Night in Big East college basketball action. The Mountaineers are -14 point favorites over the Blue Demons with an over/under point total set at 149.5.
It’s desperate times for the West Virginia Mountaineers as Bob Huggins team needs to string together wins to end the season and then in the Big East Tournament to seal a place in the NCAA Tournament. WVU is 7-9 in the Big East, 10-5 at home this season, and they are tied for ninth place in the conference standings. Kevin Jones is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds, Darryl Bryant is averaging 16.8 points, and Deniz Kilicli is averaging 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. As a team West Virginia is averaging 71.8 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.6 percent. The Mountaineers have lost seven of their last nine games but they will be pressing as it will be Senior Day in Morgantown.
The DePaul Blue Demons have lost eight games in a row and Oliver Purnell’s team is simply going through the motions of finishing out the year. DePaul is 2-14 in the Big East, 3-7 on the road this season, and they are in 16th and last place in the conference standings. Cleveland Melvin is averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 rebounds, Brandon Young is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 assists, and Jeremiah Kelly is averaging 8.8 points. As a team the Blue Demons are averaging 73.9 points and they are shooting 44 percent while defensively they are allowing 76.7 points and their opponents are shooting 48 percent. While things looked to be getter better at DePaul this year it ended up being the same old story.
West Virginia is 1-4 against the spread following a loss, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games. DePaul is 5-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 6-14-1 against the spread in their last 21 Big East games, 9-20 against the spread in their last 29 Tuesday games. The underdog has covered four in a row in this series.
Both of these teams have been down in the dumps and while it’s tough to like a team that loses as much as DePaul with the points they are the play here.
DePaul Blue Demons +14 West Virginia Mountaineers